Gamers needed for national competition

Gamers are being called on to help Pool Academy succeed in a national Overwatch competition.

Tim Bareham, Head of Faculty for Science, Computing and DT, is looking for teams of three from Year 8 to 11 to take part in the Esports Tournament run by Digital Schoolhouse.

The start date for the competition is very soon and Mr Bareham will set aside time for practice during lunch.

To start with students will be battling it out against each other using the computer game Overwatch. The winning team will be the ones who don’t lose their lives in the virtual world.

The top team could be taken to Bristol in March to take part in the regional finals.

Tim Bareham, IT teacher, said: “It would be great to see as many students as possible sign up to take part in the competition. We entered last year and it would be great if we got on even further than last time.

“If we are successful we could bring a team to compete others at a regional qualifiers venue.

Mr Bareham believes the best way to win the games is good team work.

“The team that wins overall will be the team that plays best together,” he added.

The Esports tournament has been created to introduce students to careers education for the video games industry.

The tournament will be split into three heats.  The regional qualifiers event will take place in March 2019 in various locations across the UK. Each school or college will be allocated to their nearest venue by Digital Schoolhouse. 

At the event there will be video games industry representatives walking around while people compete.

 Each qualifier will be streamed live on Twitch, which live streams videos.

The tournament ends in April 2019 with a grand final in London.

Christiana Richardson